World
May 22

Judge lifts stay on sale of Venezuela's US refineries

A U.S. judge on Friday approved moving forward with the sale of Venezuela's prized U.S.-based CITGO refineries, allowing a Canadian mining company to collect $1.4 billion it lost in a decade-old takeover in the South American nation by the late socialist President Hugo Chávez.
World
May 22

Venezuelan high court orders DirecTV property seized

Venezuela's high court ordered the immediate seizure of all DirecTV property Friday, days after the U.S. company abandoned its services in the South American nation, citing U.S. sanctions.
World
May 22

Record virus infections, deaths are ravaging Latin America

A surging coronavirus is ravaging parts of Latin America, setting records for cases and deaths Friday in some countries in the world's most unequal region even as the pandemic's march slows in much of Europe, Asia and the United States.
World
May 22

Wall Street ends a choppy day mostly higher; crude oil falls

Stock indexes finished mostly higher Friday as Wall Street shook off an early slide, closing out a solid week of gains for the market.The S&P…
World
May 22

Chechen official denies report leader has COVID-19 symptoms

A top official of Chechnya on Friday denied reports in state media that the region's authoritarian president, Ramzan Kadyrov, was hospitalized with suspected COVID-19 symptoms.
World
May 22

Sudanese media say 57 killed in fiery head-on vehicle crash

A fiery head-on collision in Sudan between a truck carrying passengers and a tractor-trailer killed 57 people and left more than 20 injured on a highway in the country's Darfur region, state-run media reported on Friday.
World
May 22

UN-supported Libya gov't takes back Tripoli area from rivals

Libya's U.N.-supported government said its forces took back several districts on Friday in Tripoli's southern reaches that had been captured by their rivals in a year-long offensive on the country's capital.
World
May 22
Volunteers look for survivors of a plane that crashed in a residential area of Karachi, Pakistan, May 22, 2020.

Pakistan jet with 98 aboard crashes in crowded neighborhood

A jetliner carrying 98 people crashed Friday in a crowded neighborhood near the airport in Pakistan's port city of Karachi after an apparent engine failure during landing. Officials said there were two survivors from the plane but they also found at least 57 bodies in the wreckage.
World
May 22

Thousands on bicycles protest against government in Slovenia

Thousands of Slovenians on bicycles staged a new protest Friday against the center-right government, continuing weekly protests that started at the height of the new coronavirus outbreak.
World
May 22

UK court orders gunrunner to pay over $4.1M to UAE emirate

An Iranian-American aviation magnate and gunrunner tied to the CIA and the Iran-Contra scandal must pay a sheikhdom in the United Arab Emirates over $4.1 million over a series of business disputes, a British court ruled Friday.
World
May 22

US sanctions top Nicaraguan officials over rights abuses

The U.S. Treasury announced sanctions Friday against two high-ranking Nicaraguan officials for their support of government crackdowns on protesters.
World
May 22

EU urges US to reconsider military overflight treaty pullout

The European Union on Friday urged the United States to reconsider its plan to withdraw from a military treaty allowing observation flights over more than 30 countries, as NATO insisted that Russia has long flouted its commitments under the agreement.
World
May 22
An archaeologist worked at the site where bones of about 60 mammoths were discovered at the old Santa Lucia military airbase just north of Mexico City

In Mexico City, experts find bones of dozens of mammoths

Archaeologists have found the bones of about 60 mammoths at an airport under construction just north of Mexico City, near human-built 'traps' where more than a dozen mammoths were found last year.
World
May 22

Africa virus cases surpass 100,000; lockdowns slowed growth

Africa's coronavirus cases have surpassed 100,000, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday, as the youthful continent with many fragile health systems has not seen the high numbers devastating other parts of the world.
World
May 22

Egyptian acclaimed sculptor Adam Henein dies at 91

Acclaimed Egyptian artist Adam Henein, who joined ancient pharaonic themes with sleek modernism in sculptures that often portrayed birds and other animals, died Friday, his family said. He was 91.
World
May 22

US wants WHO review of COVID-19 response to start 'now'

The United States says it wants the World Health Organization to start work "now" on a planned independent review of its coordinated international response to the COVID-19 outbreak, at a time the Trump administration has repeatedly criticized the agency and is threatening to cut off U.S. funding for it.
World
May 22

As some nations open, UK to quarantine arrivals for 2 weeks

People arriving in the U.K. next month will have to quarantine themselves for 14 days and could face an unlimited fine if they fail to comply, the British government announced Friday.
World
May 22

Flights to Cyprus to resume from select countries next month

Cyprus on Friday outlined plans for the phased resumption next month of commercial flights from a select number of countries with low COVID-19 infection rates to jump-start its vital tourism sector.
World
May 22

Hong Kong opposition slams China national security law move

Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers sharply criticized China's move to take over long-stalled efforts to enact national security legislation in the semi-autonomous territory, saying it goes against the "one country, two systems" framework under which Beijing promised the city freedoms not found on the mainland.
World
May 22

Guinean singer Mory Kante, 'baobab of culture,' dies at 70

Guinean singer Mory Kante, an influential figure in African and world music, has died, his family said Friday. He was 70.